Geylang International FC

Eagles Want To Extend Unbeaten Run For Eighth Spot Incentive

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After a roller-coaster season thus far, Geylang International will look to end it on a high note, when they welcome reigning S.League champions, Warriors FC to the Bedok Stadium, on the second last day of the season’s calendar.

The Eagles, will attempt to secure three points to not only extend their four-game unbeaten streak, but to also overtake Courts Young Lions and clinch eighth spot in the league final standings.

After several dismal weeks, rooted to the bottom, Geylang finally climbed up the standings to ninth spot after sharing the spoils, with the current cellar dwellers, Hougang United, after a pulsating 2-2 draw, last week.

The Eagles’ ‘Samba Boy’, Bruno Castanheira netted the equalizer in the dying seconds of that game, to assure that the men in green and white do not finish as wooden spoonists. Despite reaching his individual target of netting 10 goals, by the end of the season, the Eagles’ hotshot striker would be looking to add more to his flamboyant feat.

Partner in crime, Jozef Kaplan is also eager to add more to his current tally of 10 goals as well. Both the Eagles’ captain and Castanheira, have impressively combined to score two-thirds of Geylang’s 30 league goals.

It will be a friendly competition between the strike partners as the duo look forward to their names been written on the score-sheet, in a bid to be crowned the club’s top goal scorer for the year 2015.

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Alongside Geylang’s strike force, one should not dismiss their speedy and crafty wingers, Hafiz Nor and Shawal Anuar. Both either-footed speedsters have been outstanding throughout the season with their pace and pin-point deliveries.

Apart from Geylang’s prolific offensive attributes, the Eagles’ defence have been exposed several times but Head Coach, Jorg Steinebrunner believes that the Eagles’ backline will be well protected by Yuki Ichikawa as he relishes in his new defensive midfielder role.

Geylang’s centre-backs, Hafiz Osman and Kento Fukuda will be eager to get their season’s fifth clean sheet alongside the S.League veteran custodian, Yazid Yazin, whom will be the only player to have completed 20 seasons of the S.League, after the fixture against Warriors.

The Rhinos, meanwhile are eager to bounce back and end the season with a winning note, after a disappointing run in the second-half of the season, as the Cho Chu Kang based club only managed to clinch 13 points from 15 matches.

A string of injuries and suspensions have also hit the Warriors hard, as they have conceded 45 goals in 26 games. That has cost the team to successfully defend their title, as the Warriors succumb to a fifth place in the 2015 league standings.

Nevertheless, the uniformed giants have always been a tough nut to crack and the Rhinos would certainly want to pick up their seventh victory away from home.

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Warriors’ skipper, Daniel Benett and Marin Vidosevic will be leading the back-line for the Rhinos, whilst midfielder, Miroslav Pejic will try to tear the Eagles’ defence apart, with his passing vision from the centre of the pitch.

The Rhinos’ Fazrul Nawaz will be a thorn in the final third with his intelligent touches and movement. The Singapore international, is currently second in the league goalscoring charts with 18 goals. The illustrious forward, whom dons a prominent headgear, is currently two goals shy of the leader, Brunei DPMM’s Rafael Ramazotti.

Emmeric Ong is the brains and engine of the Warriors midfield. The 24-year-old is well capable of picking out a final pass and will pull the strings for the nippy forward Hafiz Rahim, whom has shown promise in his recent displays.

It will be interesting to see if Geylang can put up another show of giant-killing once again, as they did against uniformed goliaths, Home United three weeks ago when they won 2-1 at Jalan Besar Stadium.

There is no room for error in this match and the game should be a cagey affair with the outcome dependent on which team desires the three points more.

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